McDonalds honors media living legends

From left, Bill McCreary, Tony Scari-McDonalds, co-ops owner/operator; Mark Jafffe, Greater N.Y. Chamber of Commerce; Brenda Blackman, My9 WWOR-TV and Pete Samaha, chairman McDonalds PR Committee.

The McDonalds Corporation honored 12 persons during their Living Media Legends Program at New York City’s Plaza Hotel on Feb. 1.

The premier event initiating the start of Black History Month was nothing less than star-studded with New York’s African American movers, shakers and decision makers in attendance.

McDonalds, which host the annual event had their prior honoree media legends in addition to this year’s honorees, totally encompassing the media pioneers of New York’s African American community.

This year’s honorees were: Jeff Burns, Jr., vice chairman of John H. Johnson School Of Communications, based at Howard University; Alkelee Daughtry, ENG/ EFP photographer – Fox 5; Elise Finch, meteorologist – CBS2 News; Nicole Johnson, reporter, Fox 5 New / WNYW; Stephen G. Lucas, director of NBC News; Dean Meminger, anchor/Criminal Justice Reporter for NY1 &; Carol Owens, talent coordinator, NBC 4 New York; Miatta Haj Smith, co–publisher of The New York Beacon News and The Philadelphia Observer; Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief, New York Amsterdam News; Anne Tripp, news director/announcer for radio stations WBLS and WLIB; William J. Wright, manager of Digital Productions, NBC News; and Tom Joyner – Hall Of Fame Radio Personality of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Joyner was issued the McDonalds Hal Jackson Vanguard Award.

Living Legend Gil Noble, producer and host of WABC’S “Like It Is” received The McDonalds Harold Dow Lifetime Achievement Award.

This special award was presented by Noble’s mentor, the trail blazer for most of today’s African American leaders – William “Bill” Mccreary. Mccreary will be the main honoree of the Black History Month’s culminating event, The Bill McCreary Tribute Eventon Feb. 29 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This event is being sponsored by The Greater New York Chamber Of Commerce.

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